Everything about Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry | Review
Have you ever seen a crocodile eating candies? Well, we can find that in the Alpenliebe advertisement which was made 8 years ago and yet there is an another great monkey advertisement by Alpenliebe. Alpenliebe attracts the 90’s kids by its caramel candy and by their crocodile ad. We were one among the 90’s kids, we took coins from mom’s kitchen masala boxes and bought candies. We wouldn’t find it interesting unless you were one of the 90’s kids. But in 2020, the 90’s kid who loved-Alpenliebe still exists and we are going to explore the same Alpenliebe candy. But it is a strawberry flavored butter toffee. Stop talking and let’s dive in.
Why do people love Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry?
People love this because of its perfect fusion of strawberry and caramel flavour. The unique taste and easy affordability attract everyone towards Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry.
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Wanna Know About The Brand?
Wanna Know About The Brand?
Schiphol Ooost, Amsterdam
Perfetti Van Melle
Schiphol Ooost, Amsterdam
Lalach Aaha Laplapo
Soft candy – Toffee
FSSAI License Information
Important Images on the Pack
The illustration is the ‘Alpenliebe’ logo. The word ‘Alpenliebe’ is in large white font. It is illustrated like a wave and above the letter ‘i’ a tiny heart is also illustrated. The background blue colour highlights the complete logo. At the bottom of this, a castle is illustrated with snow covered mountains in the background. The word ‘Alpen’ refers to mountains.
The treat inside the pack is illustrated on the front side. It is a Cream Strawberry flavoured toffee. The ingredients are mixed together forming a swirl and it adorned the top side of candy. Thus it is a swirl designed butter toffee.
As strawberry and milk are used as flavours in making this toffee, it is depicted in the pack. Is it made of real strawberries? You will gey your answer by better on reading the ingredients section.
Unboxing Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry
Details on the Pack
a. Primary Packaging
b. Secondary Packaging
c. Tertiary Packaging
Taste Experience of Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry
Unpacking the treat is very much like going through stages in a video game because primary, secondary and tertiary level packaging have been done for the toffee.
The opening of the primary pack, delivers a strong strawberry aroma. You may think I am a fool to ‘smell’ because it’s already encarved on the pack. Let us give you a twist, it’s not ‘sour’ strawberry aroma. It delivers a ‘strong sweet’ strawberry aroma from the treat and it’s not mentioned on the pack.
The treat is cylindrical in shape with white and pink combination .It. It is in swirl design with alternate white and pink colour. Glossiness of candy is clearly visible.
In touch attempt, one can feel that surfaces of the treat is soft. If a piece is broken into two halves, it does not get divided uniformly. The treat is partially dry but it delivers a sticky feel in fingers due to room temperature.
It is a bit harder on the first bite but becomes chewy later. While eating, the treat is sticky to the mouth and delivers a sweet taste of milk and strawberry. It takes a long time to get dissolved in our mouth giving sweetness at every suck.
Hard and slippery mouthfeel is observed. Even after consuming the treat, the strawberry taste fills our mouth giving a long-lasting taste.
Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry’s Ingredients
Source : Sugarcane
How : Sugarcane is crushed and juice is extracted. The extracted juice is heated and filtered. Then it is crystallized to produce sugar.
Why : Sugar acts as a base ingredient in Alpenliebe toffee. It gives sweetness and base structure to the Alpenliebe toffee.
Source : Corn Grains
How : Corn Starch is extracted from corn grains. Then corn starch is hydrolysed (enzyme hydrolysis or acid hydrolysis) to produce liquid glucose. After hydrolysis, the obtained liquid content is clarified and evaporated until the required consistency is obtained.
Why : Liquid glucose prevents the crystal formation and improves the quality of the Alpenliebe. It improves texture and smoothness.
Source : Not mentioned
How : The type of oil or the fat used in this process is not mentioned. So it can’t be defined as the methods vary according to the type of oil.. But from the name, it is clear that it is a hydrogenated oil. Thus hydrogen gas is allowed to pass through the oil to get the required consistency of oil.
Why : Hydrogenated vegetable oil gives texture and improves the brittleness of the toffee.
Amount Added : 1.6 %
Source : Milk
How : Sweetened condensed milk is made by adding sugar to milk. Then it is heated in a pan or food processing equipment to form a thick syrup.
Why : Sweetened condensed milk provides milk flavour besides giving richness to the toffee.
Name : Enzymes Treated Starch
Source : Starch
How : The starch used is not mentioned. Mostly, corn starch is used. Enzymes treated starch is produced by treating starch with enzymes.
Why : Enzymes treated starch stabilises the emulsion in the toffee production. It also acts as a thickener providing thick consistency which changes the texture of the Alpenliebe toffee.
Amount Added : 1.3 %
Source : Milk
How : Medium fat cream is produced by mixing milk with butter.
Why : Medium fat cream plays the same role as hydrogenated oil and fat in milk. It provides rich mouthfeel flavour, chewiness and improves the sensory appearance of the toffee.
- INS 270
Name : Lactic Acid
Source : Starch or Molasses
How : Lactic acid is produced by the fermentation of starch or molasses by bacteria of Lactobacillus species.
Why : Lactic acid maintains the pH and acts as a preservative against yeast and fungi.
- INS 325
Name : Sodium Lactate
Source : Lactic acid
How : Sodium lactate is produced by reacting sodium with lactic acid.
Why : Sodium lactate gives a sour taste, maintains the pH and acts as a preservative.
- INS 500 (ii)
Name : Sodium Bicarbonate
Source : Industry
How : Sodium bicarbonate is produced when sodium carbonate reacts with water and carbon dioxide.
Why : Sodium bicarbonate helps in maintaining the pH and also gives a softer texture to the toffee.
Name : Soya Lecithin
Source : Soybeans
How : Soya lecithin is a by-product of soybean oil production. The soya lecithin is extracted from soybean oil by-product , using different solvents (ethanol/chloroform).
Why : Soya lecithin helps to mix and hold all ingredients together. It improves the quality of the toffee.
Type : Iodized
Source : Sea Water
How : Sea water is evaporated under sunlight to produce salt. Then potassium iodide or potassium iodate is sprayed over the normal salt to produce iodized salt.
Why : Iodized salt helps in enhancing the overall flavour profile of the Alpenliebe toffee.
Added Amount : 0.26 %
Source : Strawberry Fruit
How : Strawberry pulp is made by washing the strawberry and is blended well in the food processing equipment.
Why : Strawberry fruit pulp gives the strawberry flavour and colour to the toffee. The quantity used is low, how can it give strong flavour and aroma to the toffee?
Name : Glycerol
Source : Industry
How : The transesterification of fatty acids/oils produces glycerol. It can also form as a by-product of other fatty acid production.
Why : Glycerol's major role is to retain moisture and act as a humectant.
Name : INS 124 – Cochineal Red
INS 110 – Sunset Yellow
Type : Synthetic
Source : Industry
How : The synthetic food colours are made in industry by using multiple chemicals in multiple steps.
Why : Synthetic food colours impart colour and enhance the appearance of the Alpenliebe toffee. There are two colours used in this toffee.
INS 110 – Sunset Yellow – imparts yellow colour.
INS 124 – Cochineal Red – imparts red colour.
Nature Identical Flavouring Substances
Flavour : Strawberry
Source : Industry
How : Nature's identical flavouring chemical structure resembles the chemical structure of the ‘Natural flavour’ such as a fruit but they are completely made in a laboratory.
Why : Nature identical flavouring imparts flavour and improves the flavour profile of the toffee.
Nutritional Information - Per Pack/Per Serve
Per pack = 28 g (9 toffees)
*Per serve = 3.1 g (1 toffee)
There is no recommendation about per serve size. The per serve value given here is totally a perspective of mr_crunchy.
a. Weight Variants
b. Flavour Variants
Low Saturated Fat
Trans fat Free
*Why is sodium given as not mentioned?
The sodium value is not mentioned on the nutritional list of Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry toffee. But, having a look at the ingredients list, there is a mention about the usage of salt, which contains sodium obviously. The value of sodium is not mandatory to be listed in the Nutritional table as per Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) regulations, 2011.
*Why is cholesterol given as not mentioned?
The cholesterol value is not mentioned on the nutritional list of Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry toffee. The value of cholesterol is not mandatory to be listed in the Nutritional table as per Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) regulations, 2011.
Tree Nut free
Things to know before buying
Green colour indicates Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry toffee is a vegetarian product. Mentioned on the back side (in secondary packaging and tertiary packaging).
The multiple sources used in the production of Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry toffee is listed. Mentioned on the back side.
The Nutrients present in the Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry toffee are listed. Mentioned on the back side.
There is no serving size recommended on the pack.
There is no must see info.
The date on which Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry toffee was manufactured. Mentioned on the back side.
Best Before/Expiry Date
For the best experience of the toffee, consume it before the given date. Mentioned on the back side.
Ingredients to Know Before Buying
Each toffee contains about 1.7 grams of sugar. For sugar concerned people, this is valuable info to be followed.
Hydrogenated vegetable oils are highly processed oils that can have trans fat in them. This trans fat can increase LDL cholesterol level and reduce HDL cholesterol. FSSAI and WHO recommends  not to take more than 1% of energy of your daily calories from trans fat. It is roughly about 2 grams (2000 calories diet). The 28 g of Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry pack contains 0.005 g of trans fat.
Synthetic food colours are added to the Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry. It can be sensitive to some people and can trigger various allergies or provoke them. It is better not to use the products containing artificial colours if you are sensitive to them.
Warnings on Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry Pack
Milk Protein Allergy
Milk Lactose Intolerance
Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry’s Packaging
The recycle number is not mentioned on the pack which denotes the material used for packaging. Meanwhile the primary packaging is made up of simple transparent material. This primary packaging might have been done to prevent the treat from sticking to each other as the toffee is slightly adhesive.
The recycle number is not mentioned on the pack which denotes the material used for packaging. But, the secondary packaging is made up of thick paper. The reason is to make a uniform arrangement of the treat and to prevent moisture entering into the pack.
Here also, the recycle number is not mentioned. But, the tertiary packaging is made up of plastic film. This packing helps to keep the toffee fresh for longer shelf life, protects toffee from moisture and does not let the aroma escape outside.
The company illustrated a man throwing the pack into the dustbin; it means that after consuming the treat, an empty pack should be thrown into the dustbin.
It is mentioned ‘please do not keep under direct sunlight’. It conveys that sunlight can affect the toffee sensory attributes (taste, texture and aroma). So, it is advised to keep it away from direct sunlight.
Claims on Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry
Other Breakdowns in Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry
How much real strawberry is there really?
You will be disappointed to know that it is only 0.26 % , yes only 0.07 grams is present in this 28 gram Alpenliebe toffee. The amount of strawberry used is low and it does not give colour or flavour to the toffee. These are all taken care of by the artificial colour and flavours that are added. If you have missed what are the ingredients added in the product check out the ingredients section, you will be surprised after knowing them.
What is Cream Strawberry flavour?
The Cream Strawberry flavour name is from the cream, which indicates the milk cream (medium fat cream to know more read ingredients if you missed it). The cream and strawberry flavour are used to enhance the flavour and taste which is mentioned in this line.
Why is the Alpenliebe toffee brown in colour, Instead of white and pink?
Since the toffee is a confectionary product, sugar turns brown as it undergoes chemical reaction. When sugar is subjected to heat it turns into a brown colour with the sweet aroma and it is the caramelized aroma. This is the reason the product looks brown in colour instead of white.
So how much milk is present in the Alpenliebe toffee?
The Alpenliebe toffee contains about 1.6 % of sweet condensed milk and 1.3 % of medium fat cream, which adds up to nearly 2.9 % that is 3 % (approx). There is about 0.84 grams of milk in the Alpenliebe toffee pack (28 g).
Where & How to Store Alpenliebe Cream Strawberry?
Before Opening the Pack
Expectation Vs Reality
Some Interesting Facts Before You Leave
Frequently Asked Questions
It is a hard/soft-sweet candy which is smooth when sucked or chewed. It is made of simple ingredients: sugar and butter.
Disclaimer: The information in this page is mr_crunchy’s perspective and is fully for information purpose only, not for any nutrition or doctor’s advice. Mr_crunchy completely recommend you to consult a nutritionist or a doctor.